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ERIC Number: ED247014
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 113
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
A Longitudinal Study of the Effectiveness of Full-Day Kindergarten.
Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corp., IN.
The purpose of this follow-up study was to determine whether elementary school students who completed full-day/ everyday kindergarten in 1979 and 1980 exhibited any long term benefits. Data were collected from standardized tests, report cards, questionnaires, and interviews. Participants were third- and fourth-grade students (enrolled in the school at which they had attended kindergarten), their parents, and their teachers. It was expected that kindergarten students in the full-day/everyday program, parents, and teachers would have positive attitudes about full-day kindergarten. Furthermore, it was suggested that, when compared with students who attended half-day kindergarten in 1978-79 and 1979-80, children who attended the full-day kindergarten would display higher self-concept, have more positive attitudes toward school, achieve higher academic grades, receive higher conduct marks on report cards, have a lower rate of grade retention, achieve higher handwriting ratings, and have higher reading and academic scores. Results indicated that children who attend full-day kindergarten, their parents, and their primary teachers do have positive attitudes about the full-day program. These children, in contrast with children who attend half-day programs, tend to have higher academic and conduct report card marks, a lower rate of grade retention, lower handwriting ratings, and higher standardized test achievement scores. Their self-concepts and attitudes about school are not found to be negatively affected by participation in the full-day program. Questionnaires are appended. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corp., IN.
Identifiers: Full Day Programs; Half Day Programs; Indiana (Evansville)
Note: For a related document, see ED 190 224.